National Water Co. CEO replaced

Updated 03 May 2016

National Water Co. CEO replaced

JEDDAH: In the wake of the removal of the Water and Electricity minister, a new chief executive has been appointed to lead the National Water Company (NWC) to deal with complaints from the public about high water bills.
The new man in charge is Abdulrahman bin Mohammad Al-Ibrahim, who has been placed into an acting position, to replace Luay Al-Musallam, according to a report in a local publication on Monday.
The appointment was approved by Abdul Rahman Al-Fadli, acting water and electricity minister. Al-Fadli had on Sunday met with several officials from the ministry and the water company to discuss complaints from the public. Al-Fadli had replaced Abdullah Al-Hussayen.
Media sources said Al-Fadli had discussed several mistakes made by the NWC that he emphasized needed immediate correction. The sources said the mistakes might lead to more officials being removed from their positions, including directors of the board.
Last week Al-Fadli met with several officials and branch directors. During the meeting, he was briefed on the new billing system and proposals to improve the level of services. He was also briefed on the meter reading and billing system, and the efforts of the company in Riyadh, Jeddah, Makkah and Taif.
Saudis had turned to social media to express their anger after the increase in prices of water, with the Consumer Protection Association and members of the Shoura Council asking for a review of the situation.
Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, second deputy premier and defense minister, had told Bloomberg in an interview last month that the ministry’s implementation of the new water tariff was “unsatisfactory.”
“Now, we are working diligently on reforms within the water ministry so that things will be in accordance with the agreed plan,” Prince Mohammed said. Water prices climbed as much as 500 percent for Saudi nationals, according to Gulf Research Center, a think tank.
There had also been complaints from the public about incorrect billing, with some laying the blame on leaking pipelines.

Muslim World League signs deal with Moscow to promote interfaith dialogue

Updated 22 April 2019

Muslim World League signs deal with Moscow to promote interfaith dialogue

  • Al-Issa lauds Russian model of national harmony and coexistence
  • Al-Issa also met with Speaker of the Russian Parliament last month

MOSCOW: The Secretary-General of the Muslim World League (MWL) Sheikh Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa held a meeting with the president of the Russian People’s Council, Sergei Ordzhonikidze, and other council members, where they discussed issues of common interest.

They looked into means of boosting cooperation between Russia and the Muslim world, supporting positive national integration programs and countering extremist speeches and Islamophobia.

Al-Issa lauded the Russian model of national harmony and coexistence, while Ordzhonikidze presented Al-Issa with a copy of the council’s yearly report.

At the meeting the two parties signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to share their experiences in the fight against extremist ideologies, the promotion of interreligious dialogue and coexistence and the implementation of joint projects to achieve shared goals. They also stressed the pure and peaceful values of Islam and rejected all forms of extremism and Islamophobia.

The meeting was attended by the Russian deputy chairman of the Committee for the Development of Agriculture, Aygun Memedov, the chairman of the Committee on the Normalization of Relations Between Nationalities and Religions, Sheikh Albert Karganov, the Mufti of Moscow and the Khanti-Mansisk Region in Siberia Sheikh Tahir Samatov.

Last month, Al-Issa met with Speaker of the Russian Parliament Vyacheslav Volodin. They discussed subjects related to promoting and supporting dialogue among followers of different religions and civilizations, activating cultural contacts and exchanges between the Muslim world and Russia.

Al-Issa signed a cooperation agreement between the MWL and Moscow’s Fund for Islamic Culture, Science and Education. The agreement focused on tackling extremism and promoting tolerance. The agreement stressed the need for cooperation in the fight against extremism, intolerance, aggression and hostility among religions, races and ideologies that could lead to terrorism.

Both parties agreed to exchange information on the activities of scientific centers, cultural forums and websites.